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Brenda Wineapple - The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 2:00 AM

The challenge of reuniting the nation after the Civil War was as fraught as the conflict itself. As Wineapple, award-winning author of Ecstatic Nation, shows in her detailed history, Congress was divided over questions including restoring the South to its ante-bellum status, punishing former Confederates, and granting the vote to freed Blacks. President Andrew Johnson, however, felt that Reconstruction was unnecessary, opposed civil rights, and, flouting Congress, invoked executive orders to swiftly pardon the rebel soldiers. In response, the House of Representatives voted to impeach him—a decision not taken lightly. Following this unprecedented event step-by-step, Wineapple examines questions of the separation of powers and the meaning of the nation’s core values, as well as bringing to life a host of fascinating and complex figures such as William Seward, Thaddeus Stevens, Charles Sumner, Frederick Douglass, and Ulysses S. Grant.

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